City alerting residents about boarded windows code violation

Some businesses, such as those on Dakin Avenue in downtown Kissimmee, decided to board their windows. They have since been taken down.

The city of Kissimmee’s Code Enforcement division is alerting residents and business owners about the code/safety violation regarding windows that are boarded up from the threat of Hurricane Dorian.

Code Enforcement will start addressing this issue on Monday as it is a safety concern in regards to egress.

Homeowners or business owners, including commercial properties, whose windows are boarded up, will have five days to remove them after receiving the initial notice of violation. Although Code Enforcement will not fine violators if it’s not corrected within five-days, owners could be required to appear before the city of Kissimmee Special Magistrate, resulting in possible daily fines of $150 for each day the property remains in violation.

According to city code, residents are allowed to board windows once the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane or severe weather advisory but shall remove the board within seven days after the event has passed.

The City’s Code Enforcement Division works to ensure there are clean and safe places for people to live and work through assisting the public in achieving compliance with city codes and regulations. The goal is to educate and seek voluntary compliance of the codes before pursuing further action when properties are not in compliance.

 For more information about the city’s code and the regulations visit, www.kissimmee.org/codeenforcement.